Last night, we were driving in the van and a rendition of “Hush, Little Baby” came up on our CD. It sparked a conversation about children’s songs and the lyrics thereof. Have you ever noticed that there is a somewhat terrifying theme in some songs for kids?
“Hush, Little Baby” = “If You Stop Crying, I Will Buy You Things, Some of Which are Dangerous for Children or Choking Hazards”
“Rock-a-bye, Baby” = “Don’t Be Alarmed, But Your Crib is About to Plummet From a Treetop”
“Ring Around the Rosy” = “A Helpful Guide to Identifying Symptoms of the Black Plague”
“It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” = “Falling Asleep When You Have a Concussion: A Cautionary Tale” (this actually does have a sad story associated with it, read it here)
“Ladybird, Ladybird” (or “Ladybug, Ladybug”) = there’s really no need for an alternate title here. “Your house is on fire, Your children will burn”?! Really?!
“London Bridge” = “Poor Engineering Means You’re Going to Prison”